There is not much that’s better than the love of man’s best friend—dogs! Once you’ve grown up and no longer live in your family home with your family dog, it’s common to start debating whether or not you should get one of your own. Depending on what phase of life you are in, a dog can be a truly rewarding addition. However, it also comes with a lot of responsibility.

When you start your search for a dog, there are quite a few things to consider. What type of breed do you want? The breed can determine what type of activities your dog will enjoy and how quickly they might adjust to your lifestyle. Do you want to adopt or purchase from a breeder or store? Do you want a puppy or one that’s a little bit older?

These are just some basic questions you’ll want to ask yourself while considering getting a dog, however, if you are considering during your twenties or a stage of your life where you might be in school or work full- time, things get even trickier.

Let’s begin with the PROS of getting a dog or puppy during this time of your life.

  2. Dogs are givers of unconditional love and cuddles.
  3. If you adopt, you are potentially saving a life.
  4. He/she will be your perfect outdoor and activity buddy.
  5. Dogs are ultimate cure to loneliness.

I could go on with the pros for a long time, but you get the gist, a dog comes with a lot of love and great characteristics that make it really hard not to get one. However, the pros deal more with logic and the bigger picture than the emotional pros. I’ve heard some people say that getting a dog is almost like having a child. It’s a HUGE responsibility. In a sense, it is going to be a HUGE time, and possibly financial, commitment. Personally, I don’t see it being as big of a commitment as to pregnancy and a child, but I could see why people make the comparison. Let’s jump into the CONS even though I would much rather avoid them and run to the shelter right now and adopt twelve puppies!

If you want a puppy, one thing you must realize is that a puppies bladder in its first months might only be able to be held for two short hours. If you’re going to be gone at class or work all day, then you’re going to have to plan ahead for the inevitable accidents that your puppy will have while you are gone. Are you willing to pay a dog walker to come and let him/her out every couple of hours? Are you going to puppy proof a certain area or room in your house? The con of the bladder issues with puppies can be managed; it’s just a matter of being fair to yourself and the puppy.

If you choose to go with a dog who has more control over his/her bladder, then this won’t be the biggest issue, however, shared by puppies and dogs is the issue of activity or possible separation anxiety. Being gone eight to nine hours of the day will leave your dog pretty inactive. Some breeds won’t mind this, but do your research on which breeds need what type of attention.

In the beginning, you will need to spend some money on your dog as well—food, toys, maybe a dog bed? If you get a puppy, there will definitely be medical expenses as well, since you will most likely need to pay a fee for shots and neutering. You will also have to keep in mind that medical issues could come up at any time, and the range of expenses could get extremely high.

The pros to getting a dog are so great that they seem capable of outweighing the cons that could arise. You really just have to sit down and think very hard about these cons because this it a very big time commitment and possibly a very big financial commitment as well.